Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli is the acclaimed and award-winning author of many novels, both fantasies and contemporary stories. She won the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water in 1997. Her novel Zel was named an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, and a School Library Journal Best Book, and a number of her novels have been selected as ALA Best Books. She is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband. Visit her at

Books by this Author

The Crossing
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Let it go, then try again.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. You wouldn't print them. They're taboo.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Gardening. Or dancing. Or yoga. or baking bread. or being a linguist.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising my children without completely messing them up.